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Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

November 4, 2011

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I’m having all sorts of epiphanies today.

Epiphany #1 being: I suck at to do lists.

I made one full of things I need to do this week on Monday and out of 10 things, I have two crossed off.  It’s only Friday, right?

But I did make cookies and so what if that wasn’t on the list.

Epiphany #2: If it’s snowing, I’m baking.

And as I perused all my recipe sources and sipped my tea I came to perhaps the most important epiphany of the day.

Epiphany #3: Peppermint rocks.

And I realized I needed to venture out into the snow for peppermint extract.  No, it couldn’t wait till tomorrow — see epiphany #2.

And in the end I had 24 fudgy mint cookies that I then had to hide from myself.  Word to the wise, that trick doesn’t work.

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Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

Adapted from here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour*
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips*

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk pumpkin and sugar together.  Add eggs and peppermint.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and mix with a wooden spoon.*
  4. Mix in chocolate chips then wet your hands and roll dough into 24 small balls.  Place dough balls on the baking sheets and flatten slightly.
  5. Bake 9-10 minutes then let cool for 5 minutes.

*I used 1/2 cup whole wheat flour because I ran out of AP, but you can totally use 2 cups of regular old flour.

*I used 1/4 cup regular chocolate chips and 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, which means I divided the dough into 2 at the end and mixed the chips into the separate chunks of dough.  You can use whatever chips you want!

*Put some elbow grease into the mixing or use a electric mixer if you have one.  I don’t know about you but my sole motivation for strength training is being able to mix batters/dough by hand.

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Epiphany #4: You don’t need butter to bake.

Which is good because I used my daily butter allowance while trying to create pumpkin pie oatmeal.

The pumpkin gives the cookies a fluffy effect, which looks cool and tastes even better.  You should make them because they taste like the holidays.

And like I said, peppermint rocks.

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What is your favorite cookie flavor?  I’m an old-fashioned chocolate chip oatmeal girl myself, but even I like a little change now and then.

Have you ever used pumpkin in a baked good? You know, other than in pumpkin bread.

Happy Friday!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2011 8:43 AM

    These look and sound so very tasty! Love love love it! And I too like to mix by hand — mixers are overrated and how else am I supposed to pre-burn my cookie calories?

    I use pumpkin for fudge, breads, cookies, etc.

  2. November 4, 2011 10:43 AM

    DOUBLE Chocolate?! Oh gosh, your chocolate mint cookies wouldn’t last long at my house. I love how you used pumpkin in these — and you don’t even notice it. YAY for hidden veggies! 🙂

  3. November 4, 2011 11:10 AM

    MMM LOVE mint and chocolate together! These sound so good! Stay warm in all that snow!

  4. brittney permalink
    November 4, 2011 12:15 PM

    Oh my, the cookies look delicious. Can you taste the pumpkin or does the mint and chocolate mask it? 🙂

  5. November 4, 2011 1:24 PM

    Oh it look and sounds so good. I am totally into peppermint at the moment. I have been having peppermint hot cocoa every night for a few weeks now. Love it!

    As for my favorite cookie: see yesterday’s post 🙂

  6. November 5, 2011 11:57 AM

    Delicious!

  7. November 6, 2011 8:02 AM

    These sound amazing! Yum 🙂

  8. Thee-Own-Ee permalink
    November 10, 2011 7:41 AM

    I made these last night and they’re awesome. And no butter = I eat multiple cookies and don’t feel bad hah

    • November 10, 2011 9:24 AM

      Awww, I’m so glad you made them! Word to the wise, eat them fast before they dry out!!

      • Thee-Own-Ee permalink
        November 10, 2011 10:04 AM

        Wooo! Now I have even more of a reason to eat more of them quickly hahah

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